Verbascum chaixii 'Album'

Verbascum chaixii

Mullein

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Verbascum chaixii
  • Common name: Mullein
  • Family: Scrophulariaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial
Flower colour:

White

Foliage colour:

Green

Verbascums are stately, tall, upright-growing, border perennials that are ideal for adding height and structure to planting schemes. Verbascum chaixii ‘Album’ bears saucer-shaped, white flowers with red-purple centres from May to August. It will fit into both bold-coloured and pastel planting schemes and is equally at home in the cottage garden or manicured border. 

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For best results grow Verbascum chaixii ‘Album’ in well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil in sun or partial shade. Cut old flowering stems to ground level to prolong flowering. Plants are the caterpillar foodplant of the mullein moth, Cucullia verbasci, which cause unsightly holes in the foliage. If possible grow plants towards the centre of the border so other plants mask the holey leaves, or grow wild verbascums nearby, onto which you can transfer the caterpillars.

How to grow Verbascum chaixii

  • Plant size

    90cm height

    45cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Middle

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / clay / heavy / moist / chalky / alkaline

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sow
Sow

Do not Sow in January

Do not Sow in February

Do Sow in March

Do Sow in April

Do Sow in May

Do not Sow in June

Do not Sow in July

Do not Sow in August

Do not Sow in September

Do not Sow in October

Do not Sow in November

Do not Sow in December

Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Divide
Divide

Do not Divide in January

Do not Divide in February

Do Divide in March

Do Divide in April

Do not Divide in May

Do not Divide in June

Do not Divide in July

Do not Divide in August

Do not Divide in September

Do not Divide in October

Do not Divide in November

Do not Divide in December

Verbascum chaixii and wildlife

Verbascum chaixii is known for attracting bees and butterflies​/​moths. It has nectar/pollen rich flowers and is a caterpilar food plant.

Attractive to Bees

Does not attract Beneficial insects

Does not attract Birds

Attractive to Butterflies​/​Moths

Does not attract Other pollinators

Is Verbascum chaixii poisonous?

Verbascum chaixii has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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